Our Mission:

The Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op is a local 501(c)3 non-profit that is committed to supporting Washington County's artisan small businesses. MoFACo was founded to give our locals an affordable option to step into their creative calling. Whether it's farming, baking, or making, MoFACo offers artisans access to the facilities, tools, and retail space that is designed to help them grow and flourish.

In conjunction with that mission, The Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op, is also committed to helping Southern Utah residents move toward a more self-sustainable, local first way of living. We support this by offering workshops, classes, and skill shares to the community. Look for our gardening courses and ‘Preserving the Season’ canning series coming soon!

Most importantly, we facilitate our local farmers’ markets that give everyone access to locally grown food and goods. All our markets offer free family friendly programs such as: cooking classes, youth activities, and live music. Our markets also offer EBT/SNAP redemption.

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The Co-op
Tuesday - Sunday
Location Coming Soon!

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Downtown Farmers Market
MAY - OCTOBER
Saturdays

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West Village Artisan Market
1st Wednesday of the month, year around

4pm- 7pm

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Downtown Holiday Market
DECEMBER
Saturdays

Episode 6 of the Modern Farm and Artisan Co-Op Podcast is all about Lauren of @thedoodlingnomad. Make sure you check it out on Tuesday March 31st to hear all about her incredible adventures and gain insight into her creative process! You can find the podcast by searching “Modern Farm and Artisan” wherever you get your podcasts. Make sure you hit subscribe so you don’t miss an episode! ...

🌿ZERO WASTE WEDNESDAY🌿
- 13 billion pounds of paper towels are used in the United States reach year, which is about 80 rolls per person per year and - 52,000 trees are cut down every day to support the paper towel habit in the United States and 27,000 are cut down for toilet paper daily - Toilet paper accounts for 15% of deforestation, which means paper towels accounts for double that. - The paper industry generally consumes more water than any other industry on earth
Instead of using paper towels, try using rags and cloth towels for all of your cleaning needs. Have a basket set aside to collect all your towels and when it’s full, do a load of laundry. Bonus points if you let them air dry!
Instead of using toilet paper, switch to using a bidet in the bathroom!
If you do still choose to use paper towels and toilet paper, opt for recycled options instead of ones that use virgin materials.
But when in doubt, go the reusable route!
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Are you wanting to start a garden? Here are a handful of veggies that can be ready to be eaten within 65 days or less:
Radish: 25 days - plant 15 plants per person and you can plant these every two weeks for a continual harvest
baby lettuce: 28 days - plant 5-10 plants per person, plant these every two weeks for a continual harvest until the weather gets hot
Spinach: 45 days - 15 plants per person, plant every two weeks until the weather gets hot
Arugula: 45 days - 15 plants per person, plant every two weeks until the weather gets hot
Bush beans: 50 days - 15-20 plants per person.
Summer squash: 50 days - plant 1-2 plants per person.
Zucchini - 50 days - plant 1-2 plants per person.
Beets: 55 days - 36-40 plants per person.
Small Carrots - 60 days - plant 25-30 plants per person.
Kale - 60 days - 5 plants per person.
Swiss chard - 65 days - 3 plants per person.
Collard greens: 65 days - plant 2-3 plants per person.

All of these can be put in the garden right now, except for summer squash, green beans and zucchini, which for us in Saint George can be planted in the garden April 10th.

Have you grown any of these before?
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Have you had a chance to check out our podcast yet? If not, you can find it by searching Modern Farm and Artisan Co-op podcast wherever you get your podcasts or on our website. If you have listened to it, do you have a favorite episode so far or topic that you would like us to explore more? Comment and let us know! We would also greatly appreciate it if you could leave us a rating and review wherever you find the podcast, especially on Apple podcasts! ...

ZERO WASTE WEDNESDAY
With what is currently going on around the world, food is at the top of a lot of peoples minds. This might be the opportunity for a new way of consuming to be shaped. - Let's take what some call as "ugly" produce, all the misshapen, blemished food that 1/3 of never makes it to the warehouse or store because consumers will not buy it, that comes at a cost of $160 billion a year in the United States. Most of it ends up in the landfill or left on the field to rot.
There are several companies now who are saving the "ugly" produce and making sure it still gets to consumers.
If you can, let your store and farmer know that you would still buy blemished, weird shaped produce. So much of our society is consumer driven so we have a unique opportunity to shift the markets right now! - Another almost 10-20% of food that makes it to consumers still gets thrown away uneaten. A simple way to reduce some of that waste, is to keep your stemmed veggies fresh by sticking them in water! Heads of lettuce, even leaves of lettuce, spinach, and arugula can all be kept fresh and crisp for longer if kept in cold water. Celery, kale, swiss chard, collard greens, asparagus, all of that will benefit from being kept in clean water. Make sure you change out the water every few days! If you are looking for other sources for fresh veggies other than the grocery store, see if you can find a CSA, community supported agriculture, near you. There are several in the southern Utah region! And of course, support our farmers market!
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The first five episodes of our podcast are now available! You can find them wherever you get your podcasts or on our website, which has the show notes for each episode included. Please subscribe and rate us and give us a review to let us know what you think! ...

🌱Plant Spotlight Sunday 🌱
The sweet alyssum in my garden is already blooming! Not only is it beautiful, it’s an excellent companion plant. It attracts hoverflies which their larvae are natural predators to aphids! Lacewings, ladybugs syrphid flies, and parasitic wasps love it too. Aphids can cause major problems for broccoli and cauliflower and other plants in the brassica family so by planting sweet alyssum next to those crops you will be providing a home for the insects that protect your plants from aphids!
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In episode five of the podcast we interview Meg of @circle__moon and learn all about her process for creating her products and why she has chosen to work with natural dye! We had such an incredible conversation! Make sure to check it out on Tuesday. ...

🌿ZERO WASTE WEDNESDAY🌿
Americans spent 27 billion dollars on salty snacks in 2017 and with all those snacks comes a lot of waste as well. Whats one way to make the waste industry POP? By making your own popcorn at home.
Popcorn is a whole grain and is high in fiber! One serving of popcorn, about one cup, contains about 8% of daily iron and numerous other vitamins and minerals like calcium, zinc and folate. Kids love it and it can make for a super easy, low waste, healthy snack if popped on the stove.
You can even grow it at home if you have a sunny spot in your yard, there are numerous popcorn varieties, some you can even use to make your own corn flour for tortillas and cornbread.
So how do you make stovetop popcorn?
- Take two tablespoons of oil, like coconut oil, and put it in a pot with 4 kernels of popcorn
- Cover it with a lid and put it on medium high heat. - Once the 4 kernels pop, put in half a cup of kernels, cover if with a lid and shake the whole pot off the heat for 30 seconds
- Put it back on the stove and leave it to pop until you can count a few seconds between pops
- Remove it from the heat, put on whatever seasonings you like, such as @redmondrealsalt which is local to Utah, and enjoy! What’s your favorite low waste snack?
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We are down to the final week! 7 days until the podcast officially launches! At 6am next Tuesday the first five episodes will be available. Make sure you are subscribed! Once you listen, we would greatly appreciate if you would rate and review the show wherever you find your podcasts, especially on ITunes. You can also email us at podcast@mofacoutah.com if you have questions about topics covered or if there is a certain topic you would like us to do a bonus episode on! ...

🌱ZERO WASTE WEDNESDAY🌱
We tend to use a lot of products in the bathroom, from shampoo and body wash to disposable razors and make up remover wipes. The bathroom is also an easy place to start making low waste swaps. - The EPA estimates that 2 billion razor blades are thrown out every year - 552 shampoo bottles are thrown out every year in the United States - It’s estimated that 20 million makeup remover wipes are thrown away per day
- About 80% of shampoo and body wash are water!
An easy way to avoid contributing to these statistics switch to safety razors! With proper maintenance the same blade can be used over 10 times, once it’s worn down put it in a glass jar and once the jar is filled send it Albatross Sailing, where they will recycle the blades!
Using wash cloths is an easy way to avoid needing wipes! You can even play around with making your own makeup remover and face scrubs from things in your pantry!
Using soap bars instead of body wash or shampoo is another easy swap and to quote Chandler Bing “soap is soap, it’s self cleaning!” @hdhhomestead offers refills for her products at the farmers market and also has shampoo bars! - Refill stores are becoming increasingly popular as well so you can bring in your own containers and fill up on body and cleaning products as well as food.
Who would love to have a refill/package free store here in Southern Utah?
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Only two more weeks until our podcast launches! If you haven’t subscribed to the podcast, make sure you do that now. You will also be able to find each episode on the MoFACo website with show notes and links to books or resources discussed in the episodes! Who is getting excited?!?!😆 ...

🌱Plant Spotlight Sunday 🌱
Have you ever planted marigolds in your garden? Not only are they beautiful and attracts bees but can attract other beneficial insects like ladybugs, hoverflies and parasitic wasps. They also repel cabbageworms which can attack vegetables in the brassica family like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts! Tomatoes love marigolds too! They can help prevent harmful nematodes, tomato hornworms and slugs from attacking your precious tomatoes. You can plant marigolds next to just about every vegetable and they will reap the benefits of this special flower. Marigolds can also be used for natural dying and are even edible! Chickens love eating marigolds too as a healthy treat.
Make sure you can either buy your marigold seedlings from a reputable source or start your own from organic/heirloom seeds. Some marigolds from big box stores can contain insecticides which would be detrimental to your gardens beneficial insects.
Will you be planting marigolds this year?
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🌿ZERO WASTE WEDNESDAY🌿
Two weeks ago we discussed the environmental impact of the fast fashion industry and how we have gone from spending 10% of our income on fewer, higher quality, USA made items to spending only 3.5% on 3x the amount of items, 98% of which comes from other countries. We also discussed how on average, Americans send 81 pounds of textile waste to the landfill every year.
One way to get more use out of your clothes and reduce waste is to REPAIR clothes!
This can be in the form of hidden repairs or with visible mending. Visible mending offers the added benefit of making clothes unique and can actually add value.
Kid clothes especially are perfect mending opportunities since kids can be hard on their clothes. Next time a hole appears in a pair of jeans or shirt, opt to mend it instead of throwing it away!
Or if something gets stained, try embroidering or patching over it! Most secondhand stores will usually throw out items with holes or stains on it anyway, so by mending it you’re prolonging it’s life!
Have you ever tried mending your clothes?
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We are getting so close to the podcast release! Only three more weeks to go! We’ve been asking everyone we interview for a book they find inspirational or profound and have gotten some incredible recommendations. Here are just a few! 🌿Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver 🌿Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer 🌿The Story of Stuff by Annie Leonard 🌿Dirt to Soil by Gabe Brown Have you read any of these yet? ...

Episode 2 of the podcast will be about podcast co-host, Anna Lytle who has a passion for living low waste, urbaning gardening and creating a handmade home. Can you guess how much waste, on average, Americans produce everyday? Make sure you listen to the episode on March 17th to find out the answer! ...

🌿ZERO WASTE WEDNESDAY🌿 - Americans spend, on average, 90% of their time indoors and with all the chemicals we are now using in our homes, our indoor air quality can be 5-100 times more polluted than outdoor air concentrations. - Household cleaners, paints, perfumes, and personal care products can be among the culprits. Switching to non toxic products can not only improve indoor air quality but also reduce household waste by reducing the amount of products needed. Avoiding products with synthetic “fragrance” listed as an ingredient can also help prevent other health issues, like hormone disruption. - Dr. Bronners Sal Suds and Castile Soap can be used as all purpose cleaners, from laundry, dishes, floors and counters, to the Castile soap for hand and body wash. -Baking soda can be used as a good scrubbing agent and even in some DIY beauty products. Chances are you already have it since it’s used in many baking recipes! - Melted coconut oil and warm water can be used as a stainless steel appliance cleaner to remove smudges! - Vinegar can be used to clean windows and also as a disinfectant (just avoid using on granite and marble) - Essential oils can also add a powerful punch to non toxic cleaning products! Just make sure you make your oils last, since making essential oils takes massive amounts of raw materials for a small amount of oil. Also ensure that the oils you choose are safe around little kids and pets. Lavender is a safe go to essential oil! And you can even find that locally from Baker Creek Lavender Farm in Central, Utah. 🌱Do you have a favorite non toxic cleaning product? ...

Only four weeks out from the release of our podcast! If you are as excited as we are about this podcast, consider pledging your support on Patreon and becoming a monthly contributor to help with the costs of podcast production. To find the link to our Patreon account, check out the link in our bio. Every little bit helps! Also, if you haven’t subscribed yet to the podcast, you can already find it wherever you get your podcasts. We can’t wait to share all of these incredible conversations with you! ...

Have you heard the term Regenerative Agriculutre before? If you haven’t, what do you think it means? And if you are familiar with the term, can you list a few of the principles? 🌱 In episode 3 of the podcast, we discuss with Robert of Cherith Brook Farms in Enterprise, Utah, what regenerative agriculture is and how he uses the principles on the land he manages. Tune in on March 17th for the full episode! You can already find the information for podcast wherever you find your podcasts so make sure you hit subscribe! ...

Zero Waste Wednesday
The clothing industry is a major contributor to our global waste problem. Water pollution, chemical contamination, soil degradation, destruction of biodiversity, and severe health implications for the grossly underpaid workers are a few of the impacts “fast fashion” can have as well. - The average American throws away 81 pounds of clothes each year
- 95% of clothing could be recycled, but 85% ends up in the landfill
- In 1960, the average American spent 10% of their income on clothing and shoes, they would purchase about 25 clothing items per year and 95% of it was made in the United States
- Today the average American spends 3.5% of their income on clothing and shoes, we purchase on average 75 new clothing items per person, per year and only 2% of that is made in the United States
One of the best ways to reduce the environmental impact of our closet is to buy second hand, clothing swap parties are becoming more and more popular as well!
If you do buy new, buy high quality items, made with natural fibers such as cotton, linen, hemp or wool and low impact or natural dyes, preferably all made right here in the United States. There are more and more companies who are trying to ensure environmental and worker protections, but considering the carbon footprint of importing items, its ideal to buy USA made, even better if its Utah made. Whenever it seems like an item is “expensive” try asking yourself, why is the alternative so cheap?
What would it look like if you budgeted 10% of your income for clothing and shoes?
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